Of course Munich is worth a visit all year round, but it is especially nice to go on a trip to the area surrounding the Bavarian capital in spring, when the days get warmer and everything turns green. There are plenty of rewarding day trips into Munich’s surrounding areas, three of which are presented below.

Andechs Abbey

The Abbey is located on the “Holy Mountain” on the eastern shore of Lake Ammersee. The Benedictine monks have been looking after the Abbey since 1455, and it is Bavaria’s oldest place of pilgrimage. The monks are entrusted with the pastoral care of the pilgrims, the surrounding communities and with the Abbey’s commercial management. Whether you want to browse the Abbey shop, enjoy a tour of the Abbey brewery, visit one of the many services or taste the Abbey’s own beer in the beer garden of the “Bräustüberl” – Andechs Abbey is well worth a visit.

You can reach Andechs Abbey by taking the S8 train from Marienplatz (direction Herrsching) to the end of the line, the journey taking about 50 minutes. After a nice hour’s walk, you will arrive at the Andechs Abbey’s “Holy Mountain”. Alternatively, take Regional Bus 951 to the “Alte Schmiede” bus stop.

picture-source: flickr (Stefan Munder)

Schleißheim Palace

The estate was the property of the Church until the 1547, when Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria bought the site and renovated the estate, as well as building a mansion. Half a century later, his son comprehensively redesigned the estate. The whole palace complex now includes the New Palace, the Old Palace and the courtyard garden. The courtyard garden, which connects the Schleißheim and Lustheim Palaces, is a baroque pleasure garden full of flowers and moats and entices visitors to stroll from one place to another. A visit to the courtyard garden fountains are a must!

Directions can be found at the end of this post.

Lustheim Palace

The Lustheim Palace is only about half a mile from Schleissheim Palace and has an impressive architectural style based on the Italian casino buildings of the 16th century. Inside, there is an ornate ballroom spread over two floors. It is also houses the apartments of the elector and electress. The small hall at the top above the roof in the middle tract is also worth viewing, and offers a view over the countryside and the nearby forests.

The complex, consisting of New Castle, the Old Castle, Lustheim Palace and the extensive baroque gardens, still impresses with its courtly architecture and landscape gardening from the 17th and 18th centuries.

The palace complex is open from 9:00 to 18:00 (April to September), and from 10:00 to 16:00 from October through to March.

The Palaces can be reached by taking the S1 train from Marienplatz (direction Freising/Airport) to Oberschleißheim, with a journey time of 25 minutes. You then have a 15-minute walk to the Palace, or you may prefer to take Bus 292 to the “Schloss Lustheim” stop.

For more information, please visit Schleissheim Palace’s official website: